Below are the meeting briefs from the Tallahassee City Commission meeting which took place on October 11, 2023.
The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce gave a presentation on the Worlds of Work Career Expo. The Worlds of Work Career Expo is partnering with different organizations in the Tallahassee community, such as the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Leon County Schools, Lively Technical College, Tallahassee Community College, Office of Economic Vitality, and CareerSource Capital Region. The Worlds of Work Expo includes eleven industry-specific “worlds” where students experience hands-on activities highlighting careers within that industry.
The City Commission voted to authorize the City Manager or his designee to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, and the Children’s Services Council of Leon County to partner on opportunities to enhance program delivery, program evaluation, and outcome measures for human services that primarily focus on children and families.
The City Commission voted to allow city staff to execute a new agreement to procure a new Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) hosted SaaS software that will help improve performance, reduce costs, and provide compliance with government regulations for all its vehicles, equipment, and buses. The total cost over four years is $1,988,606 plus a contingency of $350,000 for additional City departments to join this contract for a total cost of $2,338,606. The cost of these services will be billed to City departments based on usage as an internal service.
The City Commission voted 4-0 (Porter recused) to approve $390,000 in funding for four agencies recommended by the Citizen Review Team to address gun violence reduction strategies.
The City Commission voted 5-0 to initiate an ordinance amending the Land Development Code to remove fraternities and sororities as allowed uses in certain zoning district and other zoning districts and geographic areas based on the locations of existing fraternities and sororities.
The City Commission voted 5-0 to allow staff to submit an application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a $9,015,400 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to support issues identified and associated with enacted legislation requiring an inventory of lead and copper water service lines, establishing a replacement schedule, water sampling and testing, and customer outreach.
The City Commission received an update on the recent wastewater pipe burst and associated spill.
The City Commission heard an update on the Charter Review Committee (CRC) and voted 3-2 (Matlow & Porter against) to define the function (i.e., scope and purpose) of the CRC., approve a timeline for the CRC to meet and complete its work, approve by-laws incorporating City Commission-directed function and timing & approve acceptance of applications from potential members of the CRC.
The City Commission voted to approve the proposed 2024 Audit Work Plan for the Office of Inspector General as presented.
During the sharing of ideas, city commissioners discussed the allocation of the gun violence funds, the recent sewage spill, and the arrest of a citizen on voter fraud.